When to Go
August is hot and overcrowded, but the rest of the year is sublime due to the micro-climate. From February to may you can even spend a morning skiing in the French Alps, at Auron or Isola 2000, and be on the beach in the afternoon. Avoid late May when Cannes becomes Hollywood-on-Sea during the international Film Festival.
After several years of looking for value and quality in Cannes, quizzing regular visitors and locals, I have concluded: there isn't any. Its too expensive, there is no return on quality, no one else offers it, it doesn't fit with the Cannois lifestyle, so I gave up.
All along the Croisette are kiosks. All the same, offering the same standard items, at identical poor value prices. I can only guess the reason everyone queues here is that everything else is even worse.
There are people who consider kiosks offer great value. A can of cold drink from the cold shelf in Casino is one euro, from a kiosk is two euro fifty. Great value, these kiosks.
Fancy frites? Well tough, no kiosk offers you that. No competition, very French, take what we offer. There is one place to get frites - at the start of Rue Meynardier is the man, and the queue is ten minutes long, and its worth it! The French LOVE frites. Someone has decided kiosks are not allowed to offer them. I once ventured into a street market in Slovenia before the collapse of Yugoslavia. Fifty identical stalls offering identical fruit at identical prices, the "communist" vision of competition.
My advice: nip into Monoprix and buy enough to make up an alfresco picnic at sensible prices. Buy champagne retail and enjoy.
The boats in the bay
Lovers of boats and yaughts can spend days and dyas on the shores of Cannes. Bring a binoculars and watch the hundreds of floating fortresses as well as graceful sailboats in the bay of Cannes. In a seperate travelogue I have added some pictures to show the variety of ships that are anchored in the bay, while their masters enjoy the leisures in Cannes.
"That time of the year Again"
I guess I can say my relationship to Cannes is purely business related. MipTv and Mipcom. Its none the less an interesting place. I liked the Santa tropez and Monte Carlo better.
The festival / market gives the city a different feel , I guess I should visit when there's no market :-)
In the evening after a long day there are plenty ways to chill out :-). On this particular day, new wine from the region could be tasted in various shops while being able to shop late.
So Eugenie and I took to the shopping street :-)
Rachel Suns Cannes Page
welcome to my Cannes page.I went to Cannes on my 10 day tour of France.Cannes was beautiful,classy,tasteful.It was spotlessy clean and very trendy and felt very safe.The weather in Oct was 26c and sunny every day.Cannes had beautiful streets and gardens and fabulous shops and bars.
I felt very at home just walking around and looking at the wonderful coastline.The harbour area was very nice and there was a great selection of restaurants and bars along the seafront.
I was pleasantly surprized how reasonable the prices were.It was no more expensive than the uk.We stayed in a hotel about 15 minute walk from the sea which cost about £60 a night for a double room.
A hotel along the sea front would cost treble that.
Cannes is the most elegant spot on the Cote d' Azur.It has a beautiful bay which is framed by mountains, nice sandy beaches,great weather and a pretty port make Cannes a wonderful holiday destination.Cannes has luxury villas set in the hills, beautiful gardens full of flowers and the famous La Croisette with its many festivals.An Englishman bought fame and fortune to Cannes(Lord Broughham).He was not allowed to goto into Italy as there was a cholera epidemic and had to stay in Cannes.He liked it there so much he built a castle and so then other Englishmen and other foreigners followed him.